Elite League speedway: Birmingham land Polish starlet Bartosz Zmarzlik

Last Updated: 23/05/14 8:02pm

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Adam Skornicki: Ruled out (Picture credit Jeff Davies)

Adam Skornicki: Ruled out (Picture credit Jeff Davies)

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Birmingham Brummies have announced the signing of Polish starlet Bartosz Zmarzlik.

The 19-year-old is one of the most highly-rated young riders in world speedway, and he has agreed a short-term deal with the Brummies to cover for Adam Skornicki.

Skornicki suffered hop injury earlier this month and he has returned to Poland for a second opinion, but Birmingham have moved to land Zmarzlik.

Zmarzlik emerged on the world scene in 2012 when a wildcard in the Polish Grand Prix in Gorzow, he gained a top-three finish.

Brummies owner Alan Phillips said: "He's not a big name but he's a young, hungry, exceptionally talented rider and he was always my number one choice.

"I've been after him for a few weeks now and I'm just delighted we've managed to finalise the deal.

"Obviously he'll initially be standing in for Adam which will give him a chance to grit his teeth in British racing.

"Hopefully we can see him get to grips with the Elite League fairly quickly and he can make a positive impact for us."

Zmarzlik will make his debut against Belle Vue at Perry Barr next Wednesday.

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